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- Book 1 of 10 in The Beautiful Series
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About the Author
- Publication Date : February 12, 2013
- File Size : 3440 KB
- Print Length : 321 pages
- Publisher : Gallery Books (February 12, 2013)
- ASIN : B009UVCYLS
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,190 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Chloe Mills is an intern at the major company in Chicago where she has been employed since college. She has worked for the CEO and his older son (who both appreciate her hard work and like her), but now reports to the younger son to whom she refers to as "Beautiful Bastard" because he is drop dead gorgeous but is always a total dick to her. She has had to put up with him for several months, and to date, their relationship mainly consists of him giving her crap and her rolling with the punches while biding her time knowing she is the best at what she does and once she completes this multi-million dollar deal (which doubles as her master's thesis), she has her ticket punched for whatever and wherever she wants. But while "Mr. Ryan" infuriates her, she also can't help but appreciate the packaging.
Bennett Ryan has always been a perfectionist, and he demands it from all of those who work for him, including Miss Mills with her stony silences and delectable ass...ets. Bennett knows to never mix business with pleasure, and he has worked his ass off to get to where he is as a businessman in his own right; now that he has returned to assume a leadership role in the company his family built, he cannot afford to be distracted. But as tough as he is on her, he can't help but appreciate both her ability to manage him and her feminine wiles. Does she wear those work clothes to intentionally torment him? How can he possibly be attracted to her when she is such a bitch to him most of the time? After dealing with his conflicting feelings for months, Bennett believes he just needs to get it out of his system and finally goes for it in the conference room he finds himself alone with her in after hours... and she doesn't stop him. But that encounter doesn't satisfy him; it only makes him want more. And the same thing happens the next time. And the next time. And the.... you get the picture. This situation is out of control, and both Bennett and Chloe find themselves in a position they are entirely unfamiliar with how to proceed.
What I liked:
--- Very strong chemistry between the 2 MCs who were likeable in different ways (though Bennett had to grow on me a little bc he was pretty much a total dick at first)
--- The interactions they had gave me more than a few chuckles - the humor enhanced the story
--- Their bickering was what inflamed things in the first place; it was amusing to see them do verbal battle and then throw each other up against walls/wrap legs around and go to town
--- STEAMY GOODNESS - and my specific brand (not too graphic/over the top with details but very steamy and HOT); no BDSM elements (not that I don't enjoy it now and then, but it is overdone in the workplace in a post-Fifty world); they stuck with the basics (meaning mostly main event and a couple oral sessions); and way the author built things up between them, you could feel how they basically wanted to inhale each other which was hot
What I didn't like as much:
--- Not much; I wish there was an epilogue because I felt a little cheated without it (mostly I wanted SPOILER to see them together, together --- for most of the book, it was them trying to figure things out with each other; I would have liked to see them as a real couple at least for a little while END SPOILER
--- A little too much angst at time SPOILER specifically, the separation at the end of the book seemed to go on much longer than necessary END SPOILER
--- More than a little weird that they were banging each other and still calling each other "Mr. Ryan" and "Miss Mills" until about the 70% mark of the book
Overall, a humorous enemies-to-lovers read with workplace shenanigans and STEAMY goodness galore!
Plot --- 4.5/5
Main Characters --- 4.5/5
Supporting Cast --- 4/5
Steam Level* --- 4/5
Violence --- none
Language --- some
POV --- Dual
*Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it: 0/5 - clean; 1/5 - mild; 2/5 - sensual but nothing descriptive; 3/5 - now we're getting somewhere; 4/5 - yes please! ; 5/5 - they did EVERYTHING in this one, y'all
THE STORY: Chloe Mills is a hardworking intern working towards her MBA. Her boss, Bennett Ryan, happens to be tough, annoying, brilliant -- and incredibly sexy. Bennett finds Chloe infuriating, but he can't stop thinking about her. When the two cross the line between boss and intern, both want to deny what is between them, but can't seem to stop. When angry and desperate attraction tempts both to want something more, the question is whether it is even possible for something more to exist between two demanding independent people.
OPINION: I absolutely loved this book. The characters, the sexy, hot interactions between these reluctant lovers. The bickering, two independent and fierce people finding out that they are perfect for one another.
This is the only the second Christina Lauren book that I have read (although my review of JOSH AND HAZEL'S GUIDE TO NOT DATING is upcoming as of the date of this review). This book was so good that I immediately began reading the second book in the series.
I loved that these two characters are engaged in intense erotica type encounters, but that the book always remains rooted in the characters and not what body parts go where.
Bennett is kind of a jerk when the book starts, but by the end, I began to see him differently. These two are hot and fiery and I loved their battles.
Chloe is an independent business woman. And I really liked that the conflicts between her and Bennett respect her intelligence and her business acumen. The two have some serious bumps on the way to their HEA, but the story is never bogged down with stupid decisions or brainless encounters. These two are smart and hot and driven.
This book is just fun. The pages went incredibly fast and I devoured this book. I loved the turnaround of the normal story. Sex first and then the relationship. And yet, there is always something connecting these characters. Strong, vibrant people who have a deep passion for one another and fight their way to a happy ending.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is told in alternating first person points of view.
CONNECTED BOOKS: BEAUTIFUL BASTARD is the first book in the Beautiful series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
Top reviews from other countries
Chloe and Bennett are hilarious, with their snarky remarks and put downs. Both of them give as good as they get, not only in the boardroom, but the bedroom, stairs and many, many other places. They are a formidable duo.
Christina Lauren are an equally formidable duo and I love their books and sense of humour.
This book has been a firm favourite of mine for many years now. Reading the updated version just gave me another excuse to love these two even more.
I firmly believe that you can never have enough Chloe and Bennett in your life.
The beginning of the book we are told Chloe hates her boss, literally next thing he's bonking her in the board room..... Came across to me as more sexual assault than sexy.
I knew nothing about the characters, no real build up just straight in there.... Literally
I did like the fact that Chloe's character was quite funny, some of her lines in the book made me laugh.
Cant say i cared for Bennets (or is it Bennett) character.
I nearly gave up in this book after 4 chapters but as i have paid for it i continued and im glad i did as it did get better. Read it really quickly as the font and spacing is on the larger side.
There are better sexy novels out there
Chloe and Bennett are two people who are insanely attracted to each other but neither has never made a move as Bennett has hidden his attraction by being mean. His good looks and charm are shadowed by his attitude and overall behaviour to Chloe. He may be beautiful, but he is a bastard.
This attraction, left untouched has finally exploded into some very steamy moments that leave both Bennett and Chloe very confused. If they hate each other, why can’t they keep their hands off each other? When they are forced to work in close proximity, sparks fly and it becomes apparent that these feelings may run deeper than hate and be more close to love.
I loved their interactions and their snide but witty comments – it was hilarious and the back and forth should we or shouldn’t we was intense! It was like waiting for the inevitable. I found that even at the start I was drawn to Bennett, even though sometimes he was a real pain, couldn't help but love him. I read this book all in one go and loved every minute of it. Will definitely be getting more of this series!
Despite how thin the story line is I wanted to know more so j kept reading it, it ended nicely.
So I give this a 4/5 based on the fact it was good and it was me who wasn't interested in the sheer amount of sex, the book wasn't flawed in that aspect I was forgetting it 😂